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Wake in Fright review

Posted : 4 years, 1 month ago on 31 May 2014 11:26 (A review of Wake in Fright)

Wake In Fright is an early Ozploitation curiosity piece that feels more like a drug movie (in this case the drug being alcohol, and lots of it!) than the Outback thriller that the title and poster suggests. The main character (looking like an Aussie version of Thomas Jane) is on holiday from his job as a school teacher and one beer and a little gambling sends him down the rabbit hole of Outbackland. Soon enough he's getting wasted with the locals, murdering defenseless kangaroos, and rolling around on the floor with Donald Pleasence. None of which is safe nor very attractive. There's not much of a plot really, and you only keep watching to see what can happen next. It's a strange journey and at times you have no idea where it will take you. In terms of similar films, I thought of Straw Dogs and Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia, overall it just had that Peckinpah feel to it.

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Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life review

Posted : 4 years, 1 month ago on 30 May 2014 05:57 (A review of Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life)

Werner Herzog works his documentarian magic again with this story of a senseless triple homicide over a stolen car. Although Herzog is clearly opposed to capital punishment, he still manages to to show how this incident affects everyone involved from the family members to the personnel. Pure Herzog moments abound, such as the camera staying on a person even after they finished talking, crime scene footage revealing that the victim was baking cookies at the moment they were killed, the stolen car in question had a tree growing through it while at the police impound, etc. It all adds up to another creepy yet riveting Herzog experience.

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Dead End Drive-In (1986) review

Posted : 4 years, 1 month ago on 30 May 2014 02:09 (A review of Dead End Drive-In (1986))

Okay, first of all who the hell is that guy on the poster? I don't remember seeing him in the movie. Is he there to insinuate that this is a scary teen-horror flick? If so, that's some damn false advertising right there.

Anyhoo, I thought this movie would deliver some late-night popcorn fun, but not much happens in this post-apocalyptic world. It's kind of like a group of prepubescent teens did a remake of The Road Warrior at a drive-in. The lead character is a scrawny wimp who never really becomes the hero you expect him to be (kind of like Sharlto Copely in District 9). Instead he just wanders around, gets into mild confrontations, and pisses and moans about being stuck at the drive-in.

The final fifteen minutes features some great car chases and explosions but it's really too little, too late. The guy even leaves his hot girlfriend (she looks like a younger, hotter Lucy Lawless) behind, instant face palm!

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300: Rise of an Empire review

Posted : 4 years, 1 month ago on 30 May 2014 01:54 (A review of 300: Rise of an Empire)

What do you call a movie that is neither a sequel nor a prequel, yet the events take place both before, during, and after the events of the first movie? Answer, I have no fucking clue. Right off the bat the title urks me, I mean the 300 are dead and really have nothing to do with this movie.

Xerxes is given an interesting back story but its all in vain, he is virtually absent for most of the movie. The visuals aren't as clean and rich, which is a shame because it comes a whole eight years after the original was made.
The only saving grace is Eva Green as Artemisia. Green is totally committed to the part and exudes sexiness and badassery in equal measure.

Bottom line, see it to fulfill that fantasy you always had of seeing Eva Green in a role like this. That is all.

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